As I drove under it, through the gorge it transverses, it struck me that this bridge is a symbol of courage, of refusal to give up. Anyone can destroy it but it will always be rebuilt, no matter how long it takes. Even though it's the last thing to be rebiult and the first thing to go in any new conflict.
It's also a symbol of power: an ongoing standoff between two worlds, and the stakes are getting higher. USAID funding helps to raise the stakes, somehow. The bridge itself is excessively big... as if the time and effort for building it will makes imminent destruction more significant. Build a bigger bridge so they can destroy a bigger bridge and then can be accused of a greater offense.